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Shelley Pasnik leads a team that advances knowledge of how the thoughtful use of technology can support educators in enhancing learning, engaging families, and closing opportunity gaps. Her long-term research on young children and technology is providing evidence of effective strategies to foster school readiness and success—especially for young children living in impoverished communities—that is helping inform policy-making and practice in the U.S. and around the world.
Since 2006, Pasnik has served as the Principal Investigator of studies that are examining the impact of Ready To Learn, a federal program that uses transmedia to improve the literacy and STEM skills of children in high-need communities. She has published findings from this research in an extensive series of reports—including, most recently, Reflections on the Ready To Learn Initiative—and journal articles (e.g., The Journal of Children and Media and Early Childhood Research Quarterly). She also shares insights from this work at national forums (e.g., White House Symposium on Early STEM Learning and 2016 Fostering STEM Trajectories) and the conferences of organizations such as American Educational Research Association, Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness, and the National Association for the Education of Young Children.
Pasnik and her team collaborate with the U.S. Department of Education, National Science Foundation, PBS, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Google, MIT Media Lab, MOUSE, Benton Foundation, SRI International, IBM, NySci, WGBH, Thirteen/WNET, Carnegie Hall, Global Kids, New America, Sesame Workshop/Joan Ganz Cooney Center, and IBM, among others. Currently, she sits on advisory boards for Apple ConnectEd and Games for Change; previously, she was a board member for Global Action Project (2003–2013).
Throughout her career, Pasnik has developed resources and written articles to support parents and educators in weaving technology-enhanced explorations into learning in the classroom and at home. These include the Parents Guide to Children and Media for PBS, a series of articles for Cable in the Classroom, and features for Discovery Education. She speaks frequently to national and local journalists and blogs for organizations such as Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning & Children’s Media and Joan Ganz Cooney Center.